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Olivia McLeron is a fourth-grader at Paige Elementary

Class all abuzz about field trip to bee farm

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On June 7, 2011, my class went on a trip to a bee farm in Rotterdam to do beekeeping and to study flowers and insects.

The beekeeper is Mr. Daniel Brudos . Mr. Brudos is a third-grade teacher at Central Park Magnet School in Schenectady. He has lived in Rotterdam all of his life, and he has been keeping bees since he was in middle school.

First, my class went out in a big field and collected bugs and flower specimens and identified them. I found and collected 12 different kinds of flowers; one was a wild iris and another was a daisy. Some of the bugs I found were flies and spiders.

After that, my class and I went on a long hike with our lunches until we came to a cliff. We sat and ate our lunches and enjoyed the view. On a clear day, you can see to Massachusetts and Connecticut.

After lunch, we went to some beehives. We collected sticky honey, black wax and bee glue, which is the stuff the bees use to hold their hive together.

We got to sample some honey; it was very sweet!

Here are some cool facts that Mr. Brudos told me about bees:

* Bees talk to each other through smell and by shaking their butts.

* Mr. Brudos ' five hives make over 500 pounds of honey a year for the farmer to sell. He has to keep 50 pounds for them to eat over the winter.

* The worker bees feed the queen bee so much that she is too fat to fly. If the colony wants to move out, they have to starve the queen for a week so that she can fly.

Mr. Brudos loves taking care of his bees. He says that the most important thing about keeping bees is to keep them healthy.

As for his favorite bee, Mr. Brudos said, "I don't really have a favorite bee. The workers and the queen all have their own jobs to do in the hive, and each one is necessary for the hive to be successful."



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